Last night I learned about Meg's death...
through other friends on the internet. Stu left a message yesterday, probably because Meg honored me with a place on her quilt, so I was easy to find. Meg had many more friends than those on the quilt.
Today one of her friends, Daisy, shared with us an inspirational poem. Written by David Harkins, this poem serves as an inspiration to anybody who has lost a loved one:
Do not shed tears when I have gone but smile instead because I have lived.
Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I'll come back but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind.
I know your heart will be empty because you cannot see me but still I want you to be full of the love we shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live only for yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of what happened between us yesterday.
You can remember me and grieve that I have gone or you can cherish my memory and let it live on.
You can cry and lose yourself, become distraught and turn your back on the world or you can do what I want - smile, wipe away the tears, learn to love again and go on.
Shirl found Meg's obituary at the Sacramento Bee and shares it with us on The Other Side. Meg's name is Michelle Elizabeth Goodrich. It is a name to remember. Shirl wasn't sure if you have to subscribe to the Bee to get in, but I found I could go directly to her obituary, at least for awhile. Once there we can sign the guest book. Let's do it. I think Meg's family would like that.